Symptoms of Cancer


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General information about symptoms of Cancer: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Cancer. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Cancer. Furthermore, symptoms of Cancer may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Cancer.

List of symptoms of Cancer: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Cancer includes:

Symptoms of Cancer: Cancer often causes symptoms that you can watch for. The word "caution" can remind you of the most common warning signs of cancer:

Change in bowel or bladder habits
A sore that does not heal
Unusual bleeding or discharge
Thickening or lump in the breast or any other part of the body
Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
Obvious change in a wart or mole, or
Nagging cough or hoarseness

These symptoms are not always warning signs of cancer. They can also be caused by less serious conditions. It is important to see a doctor if you have any of these symptoms. Only a doctor can make a diagnosis. Donít wait to feel pain: Early cancer usually does not cause pain.1

You should see your doctor for regular checkups; don't wait for problems to occur. But you also should know that the following symptoms may be signs of cancer:

  • changes in bowel or bladder habits
  • a sore that does not heal
  • unusual bleeding or discharge
  • thickening or lump in the breast or any other part of the body
  • indigestion or difficulty swallowing
  • obvious change in a wart or mole
  • nagging cough or hoarseness
  • unexplained changes in weight2

    Most cancers in their earliest, most treatable stages don't cause any symptoms or pain. That is why it's important to have regular tests to check for cancer long before you might notice anything wrong.2

    Cancer can cause a variety of symptoms. These are some of them:

    • Thickening or lump in the breast or any other part of the body

    • Obvious change in a wart or mole

    • A sore that does not heal

    • Nagging cough or hoarseness

    • Changes in bowel or bladder habits

    • Indigestion or difficulty swallowing

    • Unexplained changes in weight

    • Unusual bleeding or discharge

    When these or other symptoms occur, they are not always caused by cancer. They may also be caused by infections, benign tumors, or other problems. It is important to see the doctor about any of these symptoms or about other physical changes. Only a doctor can make a diagnosis. One should not wait to feel pain: Early cancer usually does not cause pain.3

    More symptoms of Cancer: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Cancer, underlying causes of Cancer, associated conditions for Cancer, risk factors for Cancer, or other related conditions.

    Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:



    Footnotes:
    1. excerpt from Cancer: NWHIC
    2. excerpt from Cancer Facts for People Over 50 - Age Page - Health Information: NIA
    3. excerpt from What You Need To Know About Cancer - An Overview: NCI

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